The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By Malcolm X

  • Release Date: 1987-10-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
5 Score: 5 (From 193 Ratings)


In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X
“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”The New York Times
“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”The Nation
“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone


  • Fantastic

    By Dadaness
    I can’t believe how ignorant I have chosen to be. This book has ignited within me to read more, find out our history, and to celebrate being a black Woman.
  • Must Read

    By Mroseivey
    I’ve never felt so much happiness, sadness, anger, frustration from reading an autobiography, but something about Brother Malcolm made me feel these emotions. As someone who has studied a small amount of the man, this books gives great incite to a very complex man. Great book, must read.
  • Great Journey

    By J Maude
    So much life lived in a few years. Interesting rollercoaster ride
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    By Bbabioye
    This book is over thirty years old but is relevant in today's world. Each time a black man is shot dead in the street for no apparent reason by a white police officer, the need to examine race relations is brought out. The fact that it is necessary in the year 2016 to rally around the theme "Black Lives Matter" is a testament to Malcom's teachings. Will America ever come to terms with race relations is the question?
  • Great read

    By Bookworm Bert
    An inside look into the life of Malcom X and his life of crime before becoming a voice for African Americans. A roller coaster of a ride . Addicting and eye opening
  • Required reading

    By Intelligentsia
    You need to read this book.
  • Awesome book. Worth every penny.

    By Clevelandbrown617
    I am a better person after reading this book and I truly believe everyone would benefit reading this.
  • Great autobiography

    By Pilo_jose
    It's amazing how far and the difference a person can make through his will for accomplishing things.
  • The autobiography of Malcolm X

    By Ras Tee
    This is one of the greatest autobiographies, and it goes to show the power of redemption and God's gift to the human intellect and potential. Peoples opinions and judgement about Malcolm today is definitely different than what it was during his time. He was living decades and centuries ahead of his time and the people he was with. From birth to death I conclude that he lived to be 80 physically because if you think about what he accomplished in 39years transcends it. So for every year he's lived it twice. People might think that he made a lot of mistakes but I believe that everything he did and left prepared him to live and appreciate the thing better and with deeper understanding and conviction. Can you imagine what this world especially America would be today for the blacks, Muslims in general and all Americans in totality. He is the most amazing person in the 21st century. He was a visionary and realist in its true meaning and only sees the ultimate truth. Show me somebody like him today?
  • Malcolm X

    By Emyner
    Life Changing!!!